October 09, 2017 11:27 AM
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U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen says he'll support a bill to restrict or ban the sale of "bump stocks," a device that can effectively convert semi-automatic rifles into fully automated weapons . Stephen Paddock had a dozen guns with the devices when he went on a shooting rampage last week that killed 58 people and wounded nearly 500 more.
"I'd never heard of a bump stock, but all of a sudden we're learning there's a device that essentially converts a regular firearm into an automatic weapon," Paulsen said in an interview recorded for At Issue on 5 Eyewitness News. "So that should be evaluated. We're looking to make sure is it legal to to be distributed or sold right now? And is there legislation that should be followed up on."
Paulsen has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and accepted thousands in political contributions. However, he says he will vote in the best interests of his constituents in Minnesota. He says a bill to ban the bump stocks is likely to get broad support.
"That'll be bipartisan legislation," he says. "I'm guessing there's always going to be some of those that oppose any measures, but this just seems to be reasonable, responsible and a response not only to the tragedy but going forward."
You can see the entire interview with Paulsen on gun control, tax reform and health care at 10 a.m. Sunday morning on At Issue.
Updated: October 09, 2017 11:27 AM
Created: October 06, 2017 05:56 PM
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